Posted March 22, 2012

Report: Heat Will Make ‘Strong Run’ At Signing Celtics’ Ray Allen This Summer

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The Boston Celtics are likely nearing the end of their run with the “Big Three” — Paul Pierce is sticking around through 2014, but veteran teammates Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are each in the final year of their deals. While the C’s would like to keep both players, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Miami Heat are interested in snatching Allen away this summer.

A league source tells Spears that the Heat will make “a strong run” at Allen, whose expiring contract pays him $10 million this season. Being up against the cap with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each making close to the max, the Heat would be offering Allen a significant pay cut.

As for Allen, he’s unsure what will happen this summer.

“First of all, the team has to be willing to have me back,” Allen told Spears. “Then you have to look around to see what’s acceptable and who is capable of having me on the team, and then you go from there. It’s hard to really say.”

Allen is averaging just 14.8 points per game this season, his lowest output since his rookie year, but he’s also shooting an absurd 46.5 percent from 3-point range, a career high. The veteran shooting guard turns 37 in July.